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Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2823.15
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 07678/

Last run: 425 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Smart in his heyday over hurdles and fences for Henry de Bromhead, for whom he appeared at the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Festivals at this track; lightly raced two seasons back but he's made a highly successful switch to pointing for his new yard, so needs plenty of respect on this return to racing under rules.

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1st

11

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

Paloma Blue

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: J Newman

Smart in his heyday over hurdles and fences for Henry de Bromhead, for whom he appeared at the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Festivals at this track; lightly raced two seasons back but he's made a highly successful switch to pointing for his new yard, so needs plenty of respect on this return to racing under rules.

5/1

8th

3

6th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:50 Leopardstown

Paloma Blue

11st 11lb

J: Mr B W Harvey

T: Andrew Lynch

Decent sort for Henry de Bromhead but lost his form last season; well below his best in a Grade B handicap chase at Navan in December when last seen; others preferred.

33/1

7th

2

4th Dec 2021

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

14:53 Navan

Paloma Blue

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Andrew Lynch

Decent sort for Henry de Bromhead but lost his form last season; a better effort on seasonal/stable debut at Fairyhouse a week ago but will have to improve plenty in that short space of time.

12/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 35P11- D

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Out of form in handicaps before he won two hunter chases at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) this spring; they were in pretty small fields but he's been in career-best form and enters each-way calculations; all starts have been on softer than good.

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2nd

2

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 4

14:00 Fontwell

Fix At All

12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

jumped right on occasions, prominent, lost position but in touch with leaders 4th, went third again 10th, kept on and went second run-in, no match for winner

7/2

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5/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: /1562- CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 12st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won well in this race last year (good) under Darren Andrews; has seen a lot less action this year but his second at Ludlow nine days ago (17l behind the odds-on Secret Investor) was a big step back in the right direction; considered.

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3rd

12

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Solomon Grey

11st 12lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: Miss V Collins

Posted some good efforts in defeat last year, most notably when creditable third of 12 in this race (good ground), and returned to racing under rules with very respectable third at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft) 12 days ago; not getting any younger but has each-way claims at least.

6/1

3rd

5

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

16:25 Stratford

Solomon Grey

11st 10lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: Miss V Collins

Dual hunter chase winner in 2022; drew a blank last year but posted some good efforts in defeat, most notably when third at Cheltenham (2m4f, good); beaten odds-on favourite when reappearing in a point in February but has a fighting chance here if that run brought him on.

7/2

3rd

3

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

18:05 Stratford

Solomon Grey

11st 13lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: Miss V Collins

Dual hunter chase winner on good ground last spring (3m/2m4f); not in quite same form this year and suffered short-odds reverse in a point three weeks ago but has each-way claims if judged on last month's Cheltenham third (2m4f, good).

6/1

Form: /4210- C

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

While his appearance in the Aintree Foxhunters' three weeks ago did not go well, he had taken well to hunter chasing before that; the class act in this field and he's had plenty of experience of Cheltenham.

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2nd

2

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Magic Saint

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Smart chaser in his prime but last season's win was gained in a 2m4f hunter chase and he ran very poorly when returned to a handicap last June; not easy to weigh up at present and has stamina to prove over new trip here, but has become dangerously well treated.

11/2

4

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 2

15:40 Newton Abbot

Magic Saint

10st 12lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Doesn't look the force of old and only successful once in five hunter chase outings this year; handicapper has given him a chance, however, and much may depend on effect of blinkers (replacing cheekpieces).

13/2

Form: /77/6-

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Light career under rules has yielded modest form at best, including in a 3m hunter chase at Exeter last month; won a point eight days later, gaining his second win in that sphere, but it's hard to see him staying in serious contention today.

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4th

6

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 5

16:35 Cheltenham

Funky Sensation

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jake Bament

T: Mrs Helen Bament

Three-time point winner; excelled himself when fifth over 2m4f at this meeting a year ago and put in fairly good front-running shift when fourth of seven at Exeter (3m, good) recently but will probably be vulnerable at the business end again.

20/1

4th

1

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

20:00 Exeter

Funky Sensation

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jake Bament

T: Mrs Helen Bament

jumped left on occasions

40/1

4th

4

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

Funky Sensation

11st 12lb

J: Mr Chad Bament

T: Mrs Helen Bament

Fair fifth in hunter chase at Cheltenham last May but a bigger performance is needed today and this 10yo has been below par in point-to-points on his last three starts.

33/1

Form: 7/069/

Last run: 826 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Pretty useful over hurdles in 2018 in his early British days, before a long absence and losing his form; won one point in 2021 and another in April 2022, while finishing runner-up twice this year, but this race appears to ask a very stiff question.

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6th

10

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

Oistrakh Le Noir

11st 12lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Ed Partridge

Pretty useful over hurdles in 2018 in his early British days, before a long absence and losing his form; won one point in 2021 and another in April 2022, while finishing runner-up twice this year, but this race appears to ask a very stiff question.

33/1

Form: /4127- D

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Successful in small fields in four of his nine hunter chases, the wins on good and good to soft; ran respectably when seventh in the Aintree Foxhunters' (2m5f) three weeks ago and had useful form at this track at earlier stages of his career; should be on the premises.

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7th

2

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

Not That Fuisse

12st 4lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Successful in small fields in four of his nine hunter chases, the wins on good and good to soft; ran respectably when seventh in the Aintree Foxhunters' (2m5f) three weeks ago and had useful form at this track at earlier stages of his career; should be on the premises.

7/2

7th

19

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Not That Fuisse

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Successful in half of his eight hunter chase attempts; beaten by I K Brunel at Taunton last month but may reverse those places with Jack Andrews taking over from a novice rider; stable also runs Bennys King.

25/1

17

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Not That Fuisse

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Good handicapper who wasn't beaten far in the Grand Annual here in 2021; has accrued plenty of hunter chase experience but he couldn't hold a candle to Vaucelet at Stratford last May and has others to worry about.

33/1

Form: 9P0/7- D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Seen mostly over hurdles in Ireland and was pretty useful, also winning a 2m5f beginners chase in 2019; lost his form and switched to pointing by new connections, in which sphere he is 5-8, including three comfortable wins this spring, but tailed off in a Newbury hunter chase (14-1) in March.

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8th

7

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

Count Simon

11st 12lb

J: Mr Daniel Kyne

T: R W Varnham

Seen mostly over hurdles in Ireland and was pretty useful, also winning a 2m5f beginners chase in 2019; lost his form and switched to pointing by new connections, in which sphere he is 5-8, including three comfortable wins this spring, but tailed off in a Newbury hunter chase (14-1) in March.

16/1

7th

5

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 5

16:45 Newbury

Count Simon

11st 12lb

J: Mr Daniel Kyne

T: R W Varnham

Decent hurdler for Gordon Elliott before losing his way; good and bad in his points but he won the latest pretty easily; others are still preferred.

20/1

18th

18

18th Dec 2021

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

13:10 Navan

Count Simon

9st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Couldn't recover from bad mistake on return at Fairyhouse three weeks ago, his first start since finishing down the field in Bellewstown claiming hurdle in August; not without a chance if back to his best but hard to have confidence.

33/1

Form: 63254/ C

Last run: 764 days

W: 11st 12lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

His only two wins over jumps were at this track, albeit in 2016 and 2017; useful in those days but this veteran drew a blank in four points in 2022 and was a well-beaten third of four when returning four weeks ago from a ten-month absence.

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9th

13

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

What A Moment

11st 12lb

J: Miss Lucinda Ticehurst

T: Miss Lucinda Ticehurst

His only two wins over jumps were at this track, albeit in 2016 and 2017; useful in those days but this veteran drew a blank in four points in 2022 and was a well-beaten third of four when returning four weeks ago from a ten-month absence.

40/1

Form: /1455-

Last run: 265 days

W: 12st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

His last run under rules was a selling hurdle last August for Dr Newland; has run in three points since, showing that some ability remains last time but big majority of his career has been spent at about 2m and none of his British form looks good enough for a leading role in this.

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4

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

Dogon

12st 1lb

J: Mr Charlie Marshall

T: Simon Cross

His last run under rules was a selling hurdle last August for Dr Newland; has run in three points since, showing that some ability remains last time but big majority of his career has been spent at about 2m and none of his British form looks good enough for a leading role in this.

40/1

5th

4

13th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

17:06 Market Rasen

Dogon

11st 0lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

prominent, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off

5/1

5th

1

11th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

15:10 Newton Abbot

Dogon

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

midfield, hit 7th, went second after 3 out, ridden and lost second before 2 out, weakening when mistake last, no extra final 110yds

4/1

Form: /8/P3-

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Appeared in 3m Grade 1 novice events at the Festival here in 2019 (fourth over hurdles) and 2021 (remote fourth over fences) in his days with Nicky Henderson; missed a year before sent pointing and hunter chasing by new connections, failing to achieve much; recent cheekpieces are removed and a tongue-tie added.

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8

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

Dickie Diver

11st 12lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: John Whyte

Appeared in 3m Grade 1 novice events at the Festival here in 2019 (fourth over hurdles) and 2021 (remote fourth over fences) in his days with Nicky Henderson; missed a year before sent pointing and hunter chasing by new connections, failing to achieve much; recent cheekpieces are removed and a tongue-tie added.

33/1

3rd

5

10th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 4

16:52 Fakenham

Dickie Diver

11st 12lb

J: Mr Rupert Wilks

T: John Whyte

Had some very useful form over hurdles and fences for Nicky Henderson but he's not seen much action in recent years and has been pulled-up in two points and a hunter chase (3m, good) since December; equipment now goes on and he has plenty to prove.

12/1

Form: 5/87P/ D

Last run: 381 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Pretty useful form under rules for Philip Hobbs as recently as March 2021; lost his form and has gone 0-8 in points since, so he can't figure highly among today's list of candidates; recent headgear is removed.

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12

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

St Barts

11st 12lb

J: Mr Edward Rees

T: E M Rees

Pretty useful form under rules for Philip Hobbs as recently as March 2021; lost his form and has gone 0-8 in points since, so he can't figure highly among today's list of candidates; recent headgear is removed.

20/1

7th

4

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 3

13:45 Wincanton

St Barts

11st 8lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Lightly raced 8yo; not seen over hurdles since winning handicap debut at Ascot (2m7f, heavy) in February 2020 but won a chase off today's mark last season; ran poorly on reappearance outing in December but still considered.

5/1

8th

7

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:22 Chepstow

St Barts

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

Lacked fluency and was slightly disappointing when favourite for quite valuable novices' handicap at Uttoxeter (3m, soft) in March but looked very promising when making all at Newbury (2m7f, soft) last December and remains lightly raced; one to consider.

9/2

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Exacta £391.00
Straight Forecast £551.60
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Magic Saint

The Times:

Not That Fuisse

Telegraph:

Fix At All

D Express:

Paloma Blue

RP RATINGS:

Magic Saint

TOPSPEED:

Magic Saint

POSTDATA:

Magic Saint

WEST COUNTRY:

Magic Saint

The Guardian:

Magic Saint

Daily Mail:

Magic Saint

The Sun:

Magic Saint

The Star:

Magic Saint

Daily Mirror:

Not That Fuisse

Daily Record:

Not That Fuisse